Cloning, stem cell research, brain implants, enhancement drugs. Bioethics examines the ethical dimensions of these developments. Are some of these procedures inherently unethical? Why, or why not? Should there be restrictions to how they are developed? More recently, other ethical issues have been included within bioethics, including those traditionally examined within nursing or medical ethics. This includes assisted suicide, resource allocation and global health issues. While bioethics weighs the pros and cons of ethical arguments, broader issues must also be examined. Character issues are important, like honesty, faithfulness and issues of conscience. Bioethics involves the mind, but also emotional and spiritual issues. Popular culture often reveals these dimensions in the films, novels and songs that raise bioethical issues. There are many issues of many different types. This website aims to provide some thoughts and directions on these topics.
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